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How to manage your time better so you can focus on your priorities

If you feel inundated and are struggling to cope, then these tips are designed to help you take control of your workload

Sometimes it seems like a nurse’s work is never done. Safe staffing guidance is due this year, but no one expects a major improvement in nurses’ workloads any time soon. So how are nurses to cope?

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Prioritisation is paramount in a fast-paced acute environment, says Nick Simpson, chief executive of health recruiter MSI Group.

‘Although working environments can differ dramatically, the fundamentals are the same. Prioritisation takes practice, and good nurses build their shifts around permanent fixtures on the schedule, such as breakfast, handover or consultant rounds. This agenda is then filled with flexible tasks, allowing time for admin,’ he says.

Registered nurse Julie Parry, managing director of Cordant Occupational Health Services, says nurses must be led by their clinical judgement. ‘Why would you sit at your desk to finish off a report when a patient is crying out in


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